Personal Injury Claims

Asbestos Compensation Claims

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, we know that you will want the very best medical care, and to know that your family will be looked after. Our team of experienced lawyers could help you make an asbestos claim to get the compensation you deserve, and with our No Win No Fee agreements there’s no financial risk to you if you’re unsuccessful*.

Being exposed to asbestos dust or fibres can cause a range of illnesses, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. These illnesses can take anywhere between 20 and 60 years to develop, leaving many people uncertain about where and when the exposure took place. Our solicitors are very experienced in investigating asbestos compensation claims and tracking down the responsible party.

The hazardous nature of asbestos has been widely known for well over 50 years, and employers should have taken care to protect you. We have helped people to make asbestos claims who were exposed through:

  • Working in an industry where asbestos was heavily used (including construction, shipbuilding, plumbing and manufacturing)
  • Their working environment (we have helped people make claims following exposure in schools and hospitals)
  • A loved one (for instance through washing their partner’s work clothes)
  • “Environmental” exposure (such as playing near to an asbestos factory as a child)

We have the largest team of asbestos solicitors in the UK, with more asbestos disease specialists accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers than any other law firm. Our team were involved in two of the most important asbestos claims cases:

  • In 1995 we made the first ever successful case for environmental exposure, on behalf of our client June Hancock, who developed mesothelioma from playing around an asbestos factory as a child.
  • In 2012 we were involved in a landmark case at the Supreme Court, which meant that insurers could be held responsible for asbestos exposure that happened many years earlier.

The vast majority of the claims we handle are on a No Win No Fee basis, and for mesothelioma cases you will receive 100% of your compensation. For more information on whether you make an asbestos compensation claim, call our team on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation, or contact us online.




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    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. For mesothelioma claims you will receive 100% of your compensation if your case is successful.


    • How Can Compensation Help?
    • Our lawyers will always make sure that you receive a settlement that funds your care requirements. Compensation can help pay for:

      • Specialist private medical treatment
      • Loss of earnings
      • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

      We’ll always act efficiently to secure funds so your care needs can be met as soon as possible. If responsibility for your asbestos exposure is admitted by your employer, we might be able to secure you early compensation payments before your claim has fully settled. These early compensation payments are also known as interim payments and can help you pay for ongoing care and expenses.

      We can only calculate how much compensation you’re entitled to once we understand the full impact of your illness. The effects of asbestos exposure can develop slowly over time, so we’ll make sure your compensation takes this into account. It will also consider any impact your illness has had on your quality of life and life expectancy.


    • Can I Make A Claim If My Employer Is No Longer Trading?
    • You may be able to make a claim even if your former employer is no longer trading. Our lawyers can access several databases and may be able to trace the company and can check whether it’s currently trading under a different name.

      If your employer is no longer trading, don’t worry: compensation is normally paid by your former employer’s insurer. Even if you were exposed to asbestos decades ago, we can still help you find out who was responsible so that you can access the compensation you deserve.


    • Meet The Experts
    • Our Asbestos department is the largest and most respected in the country, and regularly praised by independent legal guides. We’re renowned for ground-breaking asbestos claims like June Hancock’s, the first environmental asbestos case (involving outdoor exposure to the dust).

      We’re proud to be closely associated with charities like Mesothelioma UK and the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. Organisations like these play a vital role in raising funds and awareness of the tragic effects of asbestos exposure.

      Our asbestos solicitors are also at the forefront of the battle for greater legal rights for mesothelioma sufferers. We’ve taken a number of cases to the Supreme Court, including a landmark judgement in 2012 which meant insurers could be held responsible for asbestos exposure that had happened many years earlier.

      View our team of experienced asbestos solicitors

The money has allowed me not to worry if I need to pay someone to help out. It was settled out of court… but at least it was some form of recognition. Clive would have been pleased with that."

Sue, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Time Limits For Making An Asbestos Claim?

You normally have three years to start your claim, from the date that:

  • You were diagnosed with an asbestos related illness
  • You found out that your loved one’s death was caused by an asbestos related illness

Importantly, the time limit is not from when you or your loved one was first exposed to asbestos.

Asbestos-related diseases can take 20-60 years to develop, so it’s often the case that you won’t be working at the same company where you were exposed. It may also be the case that the company has ceased trading or changed names.

However, you may be able to make a claim even if:

  • You are unsure when and where you were exposed to asbestos
  • It has been many years (even several decades) since you were exposed
  • Your former employer has ceased trading
  • You didn’t work for the company you believe is responsible
  • You have previously claimed but your condition has worsened (for instance, you may have claimed compensation for pleural thickening, but you have now developed a more serious condition such as mesothelioma)
  • Your loved one had started legal proceedings but died before the claim was settled. In this instance you might be able to continue with their claim. You’ll normally have to do this within three years of their death

If you have any questions around whether you can claim, please call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation about your case with one of our specialist team.

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What Is The Asbestos Claims Process?

Asbestos compensation claims tend to broadly follow the same five steps:

  1. Free Initial Consultation
    We’ll discuss the background of your case and the best way to take it forward. This initial consultation is free and confidential.
  2. Determining Responsibility
    Next we’ll investigate when and where you were exposed to asbestos. We are specialists in this kind of work. Even if the company responsible is no longer trading, we can still pursue its insurers for compensation.
  3. Understanding Your Needs
    We’ll look at the impact your illness is having (and will have) on your life. From this we’ll calculate the amount of compensation we think you’ll need.
  4. Accessing Support
    We can help you claim any benefits you are entitled to, and to access the very best care and support services while your claim is ongoing.
  5. Compensation Settlement
    Most asbestos claims get settled out of court. However, sometimes the responsible party doesn’t accept blame or the amount of compensation we feel you need. In these circumstances we’ll start court proceedings. If your claim needs to be decided at court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way, talking you through what will happen so you feel as comfortable as possible.

Some types of claim are settled on a provisional basis, which means that if your illness worsens, your case could be re-opened so you can claim further compensation to reflect this.

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How Much Compensation Can You Claim?

The amount of compensation you could claim will depend on your personal circumstances, as well as the type of asbestos related disease you have developed.

Asbestos compensation is calculated taking into account:

  • The severity of your illness
  • How it’s affected your quality of life
  • Loss of income - now and in the future
  • Care costs

If your loved one died from an asbestos related illness, it is possible to claim for “dependency” on their income. The following people could claim as dependents:

  • Widows or widowers
  • A partner who lived with the deceased for two or more years
  • Children who were financially dependent on the deceased

Our asbestos lawyers are experienced in calculating compensation amounts that reflect your needs, both now and in the future. Please call us 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim, or contact us online.


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We're proud to support local and national charities, such as Mesothelioma UK.

Mesothelioma UK are dedicated to providing free specialist information, support, care and treatment for those suffering with asbestos-related diseases.

We work closely with the charity, and are listed as recommended legal support for those looking for compensation and additional support.

For more information about the charity and the work they do, please visit the Mesothelioma UK website

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